Personnel matter tabled

LEWISTOWN – A resolution authorizing the beginning of demotion proceedings for an unnamed district employee was tabled Thursday by the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors, without comment from board members nor any of the large contingent of people in attendance.

The regular monthly business meeting began with an executive session that lasted for 16 minutes. When the meeting resumed, an item on the addendum, which stated, “Recommend approval of the attached proposed resolution authorizing the commencement of demotion proceedings relative to Employee A,” was tabled by a unanimous vote.

During the meeting’s public comment period, Board President Mary Lou Sigler asked if anyone had questions regarding any non-personnel issues.

When no one responded, she read a brief statement, noting the board has received no indication that any employee has waived his or her rights to confidentiality, therefore, the board is not permitted to discuss this personnel issue in a public forum. Sigler went on to say anyone wishing to ask questions or make comments can contact the superintendent’s office and set up an appointment to discuss the matter in an executive session setting.

As the crowd dispersed following the meeting, no one responded when asked if anyone had any comments or concerns about the matter.

In other business Thursday, the board:

Approved the following change orders for the Indian Valley Elementary School renovation project: $2,015.21 for installation of two concrete bollards at the exterior gas meter; $343.33 for installation of two electromagnetic door holder/releases; $7,639 for a variety of owner-requested electrical items including printers in corridors, additional data cables, and additional card readers in the administrative office; and a $4,158.09 credit for excavation of new cafeteria stairs that was found not to be necessary and removal of pegboard and patching of walls that did not occur.

Approved the following change orders for the Mifflin County Junior High School project: A $13,828.74 credit for unforseen existing conditions within the band/music suite pertaining to requirements by the township and for design changes; and a $10,000 credit for fire alarm system changes.

Approved the resignation of Matthew Wray, multi-craft maintenance, effective April 28 due to other employment.

Approved Stephen Kriner as a driver for J&D’s Inc.

Approved a request by student Mahesh Pai to build an equipment storage shed near the tennis courts between the high school and junior high school for his Eagle Scout project.

Hired Arlene Simparosa as a part-time cafeteria worker at the junior high school, effective April 14.

Approved the following additions to the cafeteria substitute list: Angela Trego and Trish Harpster.

Approved the resignation of Kelli Russo, Title 1 reading specialist at Lewistown Elementary School, effective March 28 due to personal reasons and relocation.

Hired Rachel Boyd as school nurse at Strodes Mills Elementary School and Lewistown Intermediate School effective at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Hired Matthew Gibson as a permanent social studies teacher at the Alpha Program effective May 12.

Accepted the resignation of Tawni Peters, paraprofessional at the middle school, effective April 24, due to personal reasons.

Deleted Russell Rager from the substitute list, effective April 8.

Approved the following deletions from the substitute paraprofessional list: Jane Rager and Grace Lucci.

Approved the deletion of Zane Peters from the substitute health room aide list, effective April 14. He will remain on the substitute paraprofessional list.

Approved the resignation of Denise Leonard, administrative secretary at the high school, effective June 30, due to retirement.

Approved the following coaches for the 2014-15 school year: Aaron Gingrich, head boys basketball; Roger Herto, head girls basketball; J. Kirby Martin, head wrestling; Scott Gantz, head winter track; Collette Bender, head winter cheerleading; and Amy Houtz, swimming.